In January 1936, King George V died and his son Edward, Prince of Wales, became King. On 16 November 1936, Edward invited British Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, to Buckingham Palace and expressed his desire to marry American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. Baldwin informed him that his subjects would deem the marriage morally unacceptable, largely because remarriage after divorce was opposed by the Church of England, and the people
would not tolerate Simpson as queen. Edward informed Baldwin that he would abdicate if he could not marry Simpson. Just 11 months later, before his Coronation had even taken place, on the night of 11 December 1936, Edward explained his decision to abdicate in a worldwide radio broadcast. His brother, Prince Albert, Duke of York,
succeeded to the throne as George VI. George VI's elder daughter, Princess Elizabeth, became first in the line of succession, as heiress presumptive.